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Ready or Hot: Fashion Meets Passion for Planned Parenthood 

Thursday, February 21, 7 - 10 p.m.
International Market Square
275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55405

Ticket Packages Online ticket sales have closed. Standing room only tickets will be available at the door for $40 each.

Models

Ready or Hot is a radically-inclusive fashion show that celebrates the beauty of every person, regardless of size, shape, age, gender, or race. Our models are community change-makers and everyday champions who support Planned Parenthood and are fiercely committed to the fight for reproductive rights.

Keke Boudreaux

Burlesque Performer, Producer

Jacket: Local Motion
Clutch: Dugo
Leggings: Roe Wolfe
Necklace: Local Motion

"My Body is My Own" means I have complete ownership of it. It's Mine!

Maxwell Poessnecker

Director, LGBTQ Services at Century College

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

As a trans+ and queer identified person, my body has never felt like my own. I'm constantly reminded of how my body should look or act by both cis and trans+ individuals. Intentional expression of clothing, tattoos, makeup, piercings are all ways to resist cis-normative systems. My existence is my resistance.

Teresa Fox

Donut Queen, Co-Owner Glam Doll Donuts

Shirt: All Are Welcome Here
Jacket: Scarborough Fair Shop
Leggings: Cake Plus-Size Resale
Necklace: Mya Lambrecht Jewelry
Belt: Dugo

"My Body Is My Own" means that I am capable and have the right to make my own decisions for my body and health and so should all women.

Jayne Haugen Olson

Editor in Chief, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Dress: Dugo
Slip Dress: Bumbershute

My body is my personal vessel to live my best life—as a woman, mother, creative professional, weekend project warrior, traveler, occasional athlete, lover of fashion (and food!), and soul mate and partner with my husband. Life is filled with choices, and I have learned to work with my body to pursue and fulfill my dreams. And at 54 there is so much more to explore!

Myron Johnson

Life Enrichment Manager for Memory Care Residents

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Vest: MartinPatrick3

Having been a dancer since the age of seven, my body has been my instrument that I communicate with more than words. My body is my temple. I can decorate my temple with my imagination. As RuPaul says, “we come into this world naked and the rest is drag.” I respect the right to use and move my body as only I see fit. I respect others' bodies in the same way.

Eden Swartz

Student

Shirt: bluebird boutique
Shorts: Roe Wolfe
Jacket: Roe Wolfe

No one can tell you what to do with your body. It is yours and you decide what is best for yourself.

Alex West Steinman

Co-Founder and CEO of The Coven

Dress: Local Motion
Fur: Ribnick Furs
Jacket: Queen Anna House of Fashion

"My Body is My Own" means I will not apologize for the way I move through the world. I am proud of my hair, my curves, and skin and my freckles. I will not hide in my own skin.

Arwyn Birch

Donut Queen, Co-Owner of Glam Doll Donuts

Dress: Local Motion
Bag: Dugo

My body, my business.

Abou Amara

Political Strategist, Consultant

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

When I read "My Body is My Own," it represents a simple—yet trying—principle that has been at the center of the human struggle for centuries. Each day we get closer to making this statement a reality is a day we are closer to respecting each human being’s dignity.

Julia Odima

Legal Assistant

Pants: Bumbershute
Earrings: Local Motion
Jacket: Bumbershute

My body is a work of art; how I choose to style it, clothe it, pierce it, ink it; that is my own choice, and the choices I make are beautiful and right.

Ali Martinez

W Insider for Chicago Lake Shore

Bodysuit: Ragstock
Pants: Bumbershute
Jacket: Dugo
Bag: Scarborough Fair Shop
Ring: Scarborough Fair Shop
Earrings: Gretchen Ventura

"My Body is My Own" to me means exactly what it sounds like. From my shape, size, health, sexuality my body is my body and I am entitled to do what I want to do with it. In the world our body, peace, happiness is the only thing we have complete control over and no one is allowed to take that or decisions of what I want to do away from me.

Elsa Vega Perez

Retired Community Activist, Founder and Advisor of El Fondo Boricua of the Saint Paul Foundation, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Board Member

Dress: Scarborough Fair Shop
Necklace: Gretchen Ventura
Jacket: Scarborough Fair Shop

I've had the pleasure of enjoying the changes in my body from childhood, to dancing to disco in five-inch heels, birthing children, to adjusting and recovering post-hip surgery. 

Joey Dybevik

Commercial Real Estate Broker

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

The meaning of "My Body is My Own" is straightforward and simple to me. Your body is yours, no one else's.

Sica Dawn

The Fox Den Salon Stylist and Creative Director

Shirt: Grethen House
Pants: Grethen House
Belt: Dugo
Bag: Queen Anna House of Fashion

"My Body is My Own" means the ability to make choices and decisions that are right for me, and the freedom to change my mind. It is the access to information, the responsibility to advocate for my needs/desires, and ability to act and represent my beliefs in the word around me.

Jewel Laura

School-Based Mental Health Practitioner, Lifestyle Blogger

Dress: Joynoelle
Vest: Joynoelle
Belt: Dugo
Bracelet: Gretchen Ventura

"My Body is My Own" means I have the autonomy to make decisions about my body that make me feel most protected and safe.

Alexis Walsko

Founder and Visionary at Lola Red PR

Dress: Dugo
Jewelry: Gretchen Ventura
Bag: Dugo

My greatest commitment is to myself and my body. It is the vessel for my soul and deserves to be treated with deep care each day.

Jose Ayala

Visual Stylist, Trend Expert

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

You recognize your body as the vessel that was given to you to endure life with. You love and trust yourself enough to know how to treat it to have the most fulfilling experience possible.

Bethany Iverson

Co-Founder, the Coven

Dress: Joynoelle

I compare my body to no one else’s. I love everything about it because it’s all uniquely mine. I decide who gets access to it, when, and I get to change my mind about any of it whenever I want. My body is my own means being beautifully, fearlessly me all the time. 

Bill Underwood

Director of Global Compliance and Ethics

Shirt: Grant Whittaker Style
Pants: Local Motion
Jacket: Grant Whittaker Style

My body is my freedom—it’s my primary vehicle for navigating life. Two years ago, I knew something had to change. I felt like I was in a rut in many ways, including my overall health and fitness. And I committed to changing that. As a former college athlete, it seems surreal to say that I feel stronger today than I have at any point in my life. I gained the confidence to make the most significant career decision of my life. I built the stamina to maneuver through 2018, the biggest year of change for me ever. And it reminded me of the incredibly powerful act of setting a goal and getting after it.

Abigail Samuel

High School Student

Shirt: Grethen House
Pants: bluebird boutique
Bag: Roe Wolfe

To me "My Body is My Own" means that your body is your own to control. What you decide to do with it or to it should not be influenced by anybody else, because it is yours and you are the only one who should ever have the right to decide how to use it.

Rawnson Ivanoff

Peer Sex Educator with Teen Council

Shirt: Ragstock
Pants: Queen Anna House of Fashion
Jacket: Roe Wolfe

I experience and interact with the world with my body. My life experience and my thoughts are unique to me. Understanding this has also helped me understand the importance of autonomy. Being able to see and respect the differences in experience that every person has is a vital step in resolving a conflict. My body is my own and that alone is what drives me to be different and make positive change.

Libby Tikalsky

Community Educator

Top: Grethen House
Pants: Grethen House
Bag: Mona Williams

To me "My Body is My Own" means that I am in control of my body and only me. If I want to have sex, I can. If I want to eat an entire pizza and not feel guilty about it, I can. I want to terminate a pregnancy so that I can live MY life, I damn well ought to be able to. It is my body, my choice.

Amy Hou

Pediatric Urologist

Dress: Grethen House
Jewelry: Gretchen Ventura
Bag: Dugo
Jacket: Dugo

I work out for me. I dress for me. I get pretty for me. Other people can admire my look but I'm dolling myself up because I love doing it. By the same token, what I do with my body medically is for my mental and physical well-being. How I feel about being pregnant, not pregnant, skinny or fat, being toned or flabbyit does not matter what other people have to say about it. Only my opinion matters.

Samantha Rei

Fashion Designer

Dress: Local Motion
Fur: Ribnick Furs

I experience myself more than anyone else in this life will so everything I do affects me. I know what's best for me.

Jaden Lehman

High School Student

Dress: Dugo

The phrase “My Body is My Own” to me, means that this blank canvas, given to me when I was born, is something unique to my own personal self. Nobody else has the same body as me. Nobody else has the same brain as me. My body is like a snowflake. Not the same as anybody else. What I do with this body that was given to me is entirely my choice. No one can choose what to do with it, what I do with it, what I choose to dress it in, or how I choose to live in it.

Roan McQuigg

Activist, Woman Around Town

Shirt: Roe Wolfe
Pants: Roe Wolfe
Jacket: Roe Wolfe

My body is mine to do what I want with it. I have full autonomy of choice.

Lisa Heath

W Insider at W Minneapolis - The Foshay

Bodysuit: Ragstock
Pants: Local Motion
Jacket: Queen Anna House of Fashion

Be bold, be original and be proud of yourself! Take care of your body–it's the only one you've got and it's powerful! Show your body love, respect, and appreciation–it hears you.

Davis Senseman

District Director, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Shirt: Ragstock
Pants: Local Motion

"My Body is My Own" is the inspiration for my personal look. I bind my breasts daily so that my clothes fit the way I want them to and so I don't have such a self-conscious reaction to my clothes, and it wasn't until I realized my body is my own that I started doing that. The fact that I shop exclusively in the men's section is because my body is my own. The fact that people sometimes have to ask if I'm a boy or a girl (which, really, does it matter?) is because my body is my own and I'm never going to abide by any gender or fashion norms.

Liz Giel

Co-Founder of The Coven

Shirt: Roe Wolfe
Pants: Queen Anna House of Fashion
Jacket: Local Motion

I have the freedom and autonomy to make decisions on what happens with my body and how I choose to appear in the world.

Tom Hoffman

Commercial Real Estate Broker

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

No one has the right to tell us what to do with our bodies nor should any one person or group judge us for how we present or treat ourselves.

Coryn Peterson

Full Time Mama Bear to Three Female Cubs

Dress: Joynoelle

My body holds and represents the essence of me, my identity, my life. I control, protect, project, and be who I am in the world, to that effect. I choose when, where, how, and why my body does what it does and lives how it lives. My body, my heart, my brain, my blood, my soul. My domain. My body is my own. 

Tony Severt

Director of Mammography and Women's Imaging

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Sweater: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

Your doctor is there to provide you with facts, advice, and options. You choose the path on your health journey.

Juan Torres

Male Model

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

My body is my own means my body was given to me and I can do what I please with it. Nobody can be like me. My body is my soul.

ALL’urrr’em VelvIT

Freelance Film/TV Producer and Co-Founder/Co-Producer of Melanated Menagerie, the Twin Cities First and Only all POC Burlesque and Cabaret Troupe

Dress: Local Motion
Necklace: Gretchen Ventura
Ring: Scarborough Fair Shop

"My Body is My Own" means that I am in charge of my body and what I do with it is for ME to say, not anyone else. It is MY temple with which I can and will adorn it as I please, share it with whom I please, treat it as I please and expect that others respect my autonomy.

Mercedes Moreno-Ferrer

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate

Shirt: Grethen House
Pants: Grethen House
Jacket: Bumbershute
Clutch: Scarborough Fair Shop

I think, “My Body is My Own” when I can choose what my body needs. The decisions I make will be for my best and only myself. I will live with the consequences of my acts and decisions. Sometimes we can or need to make decisions that does not agree with our values or up bring, and for that reason, no one can choose what is best for my body.

Dan Swartz

Commercial Real Estate Broker

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

My passion outside of my family and work is working out (running, biking, skiing, etc.). It’s more about doing something that I enjoy versus the results but staying fit is a nice outcome.

Maria Isa

Singer, Rapper, Actress, Songwriting Activist

Pants: Local Motion
Jacket: Local Motion

"My Body is My Own" reflects me being comfortable with every bone, muscle and feature along with finding pride of survival through the scars and bruises I have due to being Type1 Diabetic (Insulin Dependent) since I was 16 years old. Now that I am expecting my first child, a baby girl, in Spring 2019, I have been even more prideful of recognizing how powerful, strong and beautiful women are. From every stretch mark to every beauty mark, I AM READY TO ROCK ME AND WHO I AM!

Bryan Harwood

Technology Executive

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Pants: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

To love myself and my body as it is. To take care of myself spiritually, mentally and physically.

Holly VerHage

Mental Health Practitioner, Advocate, Graduate Student

Shirt: Bumbershute
Pants: Scarborough Fair Shop
Jacket: Roe Wolfe

Everyone has an opinion about my body/style, but mine is the only one that matters.

Juju Cummings

Dancer, Choreographer, Producer, Educator

Dress: Local Motion

"My Body is My Own" means that I am the caretaker and lover of my own body. It is my job to protect it and it is my choice what is done with it. I decide its presentation and its value.

Erinn Farrell

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Coven

Pants: Mona Williams
Jacket: Mona Williams

It's taken a lot of years to really own my body—own its imperfections, and shape, and strength, and possibility. But as I grow older the perception of my body has shifted from that of distance and disembodiment, to really settling in. It's been home to two really fantastic kids, and it will be my home my entire life. Its marks and scars are a map of my adventures and its strength a testament to my resolve. It's mine, and mine alone.

Matt Hatch

EVP of Business Development and Strategy for RR. Donnelley

Shirt: MartinPatrick3
Shorts: MartinPatrick3
Jacket: MartinPatrick3

I feel like my body is my own when I am confident, happy and sure of me! I feel my body is my own when I am dancing like no one is watching. I feel centered, sexy, able and proud!!

Deeva Rose

Burlesque Dancer and Instructor 

Pants: Scarborough Fair Shop
Coat: Scarborough Fair Shop
Corset: Cupcake Plus-Size Resale

The statement “My Body is My Own” means to me that I am in control. I don’t need to change it for anyone. I can use it to make money, I can use it for fun, I can use it for pleasure. I love my body just the way it is. It has taken a long time to get here and I’m not letting anyone take that away from me. 

Hannah Haaland

Communications and Human Resources Specialist

Dress: The Cat Lab
Jacket: Roe Wolfe
Clutch: Grethen House

This phrase "My Body is My Own" represents my coming of age story. I struggled with depression, anxiety, and body image issues coming from the conception that I was never good enough, doubled with the guilt that I couldn’t find happiness even though I was born with great privilege that I didn’t feel I deserved. The first big step I took towards surmounting that was getting a breast reduction about a year ago. I realized how incredibly empowering just taking an action step felt, especially because I was changing something that society convinced me was what made me attractive. I did it for myself and it felt amazing. I started anti-depressants and therapy around the same time as well, started having more fun with my fashion choices by shopping second-hand, making choices just because they made me happier, and began speaking out confidently about issues I care about, as well as trying to amplify the voices of others. Discovering that my body is my own helped me find my voice. Planned Parenthood fights for my right to own my body every day and I’m eternally grateful for the organization.

Erin Maye Quade

Former Minnesota State Representative

Dress: Joynoelle

Our bodies are as unique as our brains and I celebrate all the ways my body is uniquely mine. I’m especially mindful of my body being mine because many of my ancestors’ bodies were stolen from their land to be owned and exploited by someone else. My body was built and created for me to live in and thrive in, and I thrive in it everyday.

Francesco Di Caprio

Aspiring Architect, Structural Engineer

Shirt: Grethen House
Pants: Grethen House
Coat: Queen Anna House of Fashion

My body is my own, but that doesn't mean I have exclusive control over it. We are shaped by our surroundings. Others can exert their will upon it, in positive or negative ways. I try to surround myself with positive influences, that will nurture and protect my body.

Sponsors

A very special thanks to our corporate sponsors, including TRUCEFleur de JunkKNOCK, inc.ONE® CondomsThe Covenbdh+youngMpls.St.Paul Magazine and underwriters Steph and Jim Tikalsky, Paul and Chris Kadue, Pam and Charlie Grossman, the Horovitz-Klarfeld-Lang Families, and the Kramer and Saxl Family. 

Runway Sponsor: TRUCE

Pre-show Reception Sponsor: Fleur de Junk

Bar Sponsor: KNOCK, inc.

Condom Couture Sponsor: ONE® Condoms

Trendsetter Sponsor: The Coven

Trendsetter Sponsor: bdh+young

Media Sponsor: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Ready or Hot Ambassador: Erin Maye Quade

Erin Maye Quade is a former Minnesota State Representative who quickly established herself as a fierce advocate for working families, championing paid family leave, expanding access to affordable child care, ending childhood hunger, eliminating gun violence, and investing in treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. Erin was the first LGBTQ person to be endorsed on the ticket of a major political party in Minnesota. Erin lives in Apple Valley with her wife, Alyse, and their two rescue dogs, Sota and Jeffers.

Creative Team

Ready or Hot would not happen without the inimitable creative team.

Grant Whittaker, Producer, Creative Director, and Host

Grant Whittaker of the fashion consulting and production company Grant Whittaker Style has been the creative force and fashion guru behind Ready or Hot since the beginning. 

Allison Kaplan, Fashion Co-Host

Editor of Twin Cities Business magazine, Ali walked the runway for Ready or Hot’s debut in 2014 and has co-hosted the show every year since. 

Denny Kemp, Model Stylists

Denny Kemp and his team are back for a fourth year as the exclusive hair and makeup stylists for Ready or Hot. 

Retailers

All are Welcome Here ● bluebird boutique ● Bumbershute ● Cake Plus-Size Resale ● Dugo ● Gretchen Ventura ● Grethen House ● Joynoelle ● Local Motion ● MartinPatrick3 ● Mona Williams ● Mya Lambrecht Jewelry ● Queen Anna House of Fashion ● Ragstock ● Ribnick Fur ● Roe Wolfe ● Scarborough Fair Shop

Boutiques

Bumbershute ● Chloe + Isabel Jewelry ● Flip ‘em The Bird ● Goldfine Jewelry & Little G ● Larissa Loden ● Local Motion ● Mottla Grace ● Mya Lambrecht Jewelry ● Queen Anna House of Fashion ● Roe Wolfe ● Scarborough Fair Shop

Gift Bag Sponsors

All are Welcome Here ● Bartmann Group ● City Girl Coffee Company ● The Coven ● Denny Kemp Salon Spa ● Fly Feet Running ● Global Protection Corp. ● Illume ● InVision ● Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ● Roe Wolfe ● Smitten Kitten ● Thumbs Cookies